Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Field Update

02 September 2009

Palestinian Killed by Gunshot in Rafah


On Monday, 31 August 2009, a Palestinian was killed by a gunshot in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 11:30 on Monday, 31 August 2009, the body of Ussama 'Abdullah 'Ayash, 23, was brought to Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah.  According to medical sources, the victim was killed by a gunshot to the chest.  'Ayash was together with two relatives on a tract of land belonging to the family in al-Shouka village when he was hit by a gunshot from an unknown source. 

According to sources of the police, an investigation was opened into the incidents, and two armed persons training on the use of firearms in the area were arrested.

PCHR is deeply concerned over increasing deaths and casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons.  PCHR calls upon concerned authorities to take necessary measures to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents.



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